Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
On Friday, when Minnesota had 14 cases of the virus, Governor Walz announced schools would remain open because health care workers needed daycare so they could go to work and fight the virus.
On Sunday, when Minnesota had 35 cases of the virus, Governor Walz closed the schools except for children of health care workers who need daycare so they can go to work to fight the virus. Everybody else’s kids, stay home. But not to halt the spread of the virus – no, it’s to give administrators time to figure out how to teach kids who aren’t in school.
Basically, this is another “in service” week, when teachers and administrators try to recreate the wheel that Phoenix University already invented, what every home-schooled parent already uses: distance learning.
Now. In the middle of the pandemic. Now, you start thinking about the possibility of doing something different. Now, after all those years of criticizing and belittling home-schoolers as ignorant and fearful racists, afraid their kids will catch cooties from The Other; now, you’re adopting their methods without admitting they were right all along.
And the Twin Cities media praised keeping the schools open as bold leadership on Friday; and praised the decision to close the schools as bold leadership on Sunday; without ever mentioning the two decisions made two days apart are completely contradictory.
Here’s an alternate possibility. St. Paul teachers were on strike last week. If the governor had closed the schools, they wouldn’t have been paid. So they quick settled the strike and now they’re back to work at full pay when the schools close. Lucky for them, they settled. Almost as if they were tipped off.
The DFL and the Teachers Union…connected?
Say it isn’t so!
That’d be like saying “progressive” journalists had a sub rosa agenda or something.
And that’s just crazy talk.